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Reacting to the Crisis: Biotech Venture Capital's Plan B

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

There are significant dilemmas facing life sciences venture capitalists buffeted by the simultaneous but distinct insults of global financial calamity and trickier-than-ever biotech partnering, regulatory, and reimbursement environments. Venture's best bet at a return is an uptick in decidedly un-venture PIPE deals that take advantage of public biotechs' miserable valuations, but those deals aren't exactly growing on trees. Despite the surfeit of bad news, there may be a bright side.
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